This past weekend, in a search dubbed “Operation Not Forgotten,” the US Marshals Service Missing Child Unit rescued 39 missing children in Georgia.
“The US Marshals Service is fully committed to assisting federal, state, and local agencies with locating and recovering endangered missing children, in addition to their primary fugitive apprehension mission,” said US Marshals Service Director Donald Washington in a statement.
Acting Special Agent in Charge, Phil Wislar attends a press conference with our partners @USMarshalsHQ announcing the recovery of 39 missing children in Georgia during “Operation Not Forgotten”. Thank you to all our partners involved!https://t.co/CtnXnmbLXW pic.twitter.com/yMC4TIAVKO
— FBI Atlanta (@FBIAtlanta) August 27, 2020
Authorities report that they cleared 26 warrants, arrested nine people, and filed additional charges for alleged crimes related to parental kidnapping, weapons possession, custodial interference, sex trafficking, and registered sex offender violations.
The rescued children range in age from 3 to 17 and are believed to be victims of child exploitation, physical abuse, sexual abuse, child sex trafficking, and medical or mental health conditions. He says, “the rescues were the most at risk and challenging recovery cases in the area.”
According to the FBI, “every 40 seconds a child goes missing in the United States, accounting for 765,000 missing children a year. Since the US Marshals partnered with NCMEC in 2005, the agency has recovered more than 1,800 missing children.
Washington says, “the message to missing children and their families is that we will never stop looking for you.”
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